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This Week In Portland Food News: Trap Kitchen Opens in Roseland Theater, Akadi Reopens, and Kann Is Coming Soon

May 13, 2022 Edition
May 13, 2022
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The celebrity favorite Trap Kitchen PDX debuts its new location inside the Roseland Theater today. (Roseland Theater)
It may be Friday the 13th, but the Portland food scene is brimming with blessings, including the return of the celebrated West African spot Akadi, a new wings restaurant from the team behind Nacheaux, and a new location of the popular cart Trap Kitchen inside Roseland Theater. Read on for all of that and more updates. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.

NEW OPENINGS AND RETURNS

Akadi Add to a List  and House of Flavor Add to a List
Rejoice: Portland's acclaimed West African restaurant Akadi Add to a List , which has been on hiatus for over a year, reopened with an expanded menu in a new, bigger space at 1001 SE Division St. on May 8. Better yet, chef and owner Fatou Ouattara also recently launched a new grocery store called House of Flavor, with locally grown African fruits and vegetables, house spice blends, house-made sauces, and other ingredients, plus African beer and wine. The shop plays its own original videos educating visitors on how to use the ingredients.
Hosford-Abernethy, Boise
Pickup, delivery, dine-in


Beirut Bites Add to a List
The owners of Nicholas Restaurant, a local Lebanese and Mediterranean institution, opened this sibling restaurant specializing in Lebanese-style street food in early May. Customers can choose from options such as classic shawarma, cauliflower shawarma, falafel, lamb gyros, customizable bowls, Lebanese-style pizzas, and more.
Buckman
Pickup, dine-in

Brewfare Add to a List
The Eugene-based brewery Oakshire Brewing Add to a List recently debuted this fast-casual pizzeria inside its Portland beer hall, according to a press release. Besides square pan pizzas, the spot also serves salads, cheesy garlic breadsticks, and oven-baked desserts.
Concordia
Pickup, dine-in

Charlie's Breakfast Cart Add to a List
This new vegan breakfast cart opened inside the Rose City Food Park Add to a List in late April, slinging dishes like breakfast sandwiches made with Just Egg patties, breakfast burritos stuffed with tofu scrambles, and a plant-based take on Taco Bell's famed Crunchwrap Supreme.
Rose City Park
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Fast Feathers Add to a List
The team behind the Mexican-Southern favorite Nacheaux Add to a List , which is temporarily closed as it prepares to open a new location, launched a new spinoff called Fast Feathers on May 4, with a selection of wings with flavorful house-made sauces, plus craveable side dishes like ranch-dusted tots, cheddar-dusted "Doriteaux" fries, and spicy pickles breaded in hot Cheetos with Cajun spices.
Downtown
Pickup, dine-in

Lolo Pass Add to a List
Looking for an outdoor drinking destination for when the weather finally starts to feel more spring-like? The hip hostel Lolo Pass opened its rooftop bar on May 4 and is serving a Spanish-inspired menu of bites like boquerones and garlicky shrimp.
Buckman
Pickup, dine-in

Rockwood Market Hall Add to a List
This Gresham community space featuring a variety of restaurants, grocers, and other vendors held its grand opening from May 6-7. Food options at the hall include Momma G's Soup, Flavours of India, Taste of Casablanca, Alleamin Products, DB Dessert Company, Cox Hanal PDX, Kuya's Islander Cuisine, Hank's Place Southern Cuisine, and La Michoacana Dulce.
Gresham
Pickup, dine-in

ThiccBoi Add to a List
This comfort food cart known for its tasty fried options and house-made sauces celebrates its grand re-opening in a new location at Metalwood Salvage Add to a List today.
Cully
Pickup, dine-in

Tito's Taquitos Add to a List
Another triumphant return from a popular cart: This taco cart, which Portland Monthly dubbed a "must-try" last July, reopened in a new location inside a 76 gas station parking lot on Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy yesterday. The spot is beloved for its tacos and taquitos made with handmade corn tortillas, plus sweets like Mexican chocolate brownies and berry tres leches cake.
Southwest
Pickup

Trap Kitchen PDX
The Portland branch of the wildly popular Oakland-based restaurant and catering company Trap Kitchen, which counts stars like SZA and Kendrick Lamar among its fans, hosts the grand opening Add to a List of its new restaurant inside the Roseland Theater Add to a List from 5-7 pm today, prior to a show by Mississippi rapper Big K.R.I.T. Add to a List at the venue.
Old Town-Chinatown
Pickup, dine-in

FUTURE OPENINGS

Alouette Add to a List
Sunshine Noodles Add to a List chef Diane Lam is joining forces with Stem Wine Bar Add to a List owner and sommelier Wei-En Tan to open Alouette, a French-inspired bistro with dishes like beef fat pommes frites and hangar steak alongside cocktails and wine, on May 26.
Slabtown

Fools and Horses Add to a List
Pink Rabbit Add to a List owner and manager Collin Nicholas plans to open this throwback steakhouse-inspired bar with rare whiskeys, a raw bar, and retro cocktails in the former Vault Cocktail Lounge Add to a List space in mid-June.
Pearl District

Kann Add to a List and Bar Sousòl Add to a List
At last, Top Chef star Gregory Gourdet is preparing to open his highly anticipated wood-fired Haitian restaurant Kann in mid-July. Not only that, but he also revealed this week that he's planning to follow it up with a downstairs pan-Caribbean bar called Bar Sousòl (Haitian Creole for "basement") two weeks later. Gourdet has been vocal about his sobriety, and the bar will feature plentiful zero-proof options in addition to beer, wine, and cocktails.
Buckman

Tartuca Add to a List
Later this month, this Italian-Pacific Northwest spot from FINO Add to a List owner Jason Riley will bring house-made pasta, pizza, pastries, and more to the former Radar Add to a List space, according to Bridgetown Bites.
Boise

OTHER FOOD NEWS

Jojo owner raises money for abortion rights
In response to this week's news that the Supreme Court is planning to overturn Roe vs. Wade, Justin Hintze, owner of the wildly popular fried chicken joint and social media sensation Jojo, made an Instagram post offering to match up to $1000 in donations for the Northwest branch of the National Network of Abortion Funds and inviting other businesses to join him. Other businesses, like Bark City Barbecue, Demarco’s Sandwiches, Magna Kusina, Jen's Pastries, and GrindWitTryz soon followed suit. According to an Instagram post from Jojo, the donors and local businesses had collectively raised a whopping $44,138 as of May 8.

POP-UPS AND EVENTS

FRIDAY, MAY 13

Via Beer Release & Silent Disco Add to a List
Be among the first to try Via Brewing's new beers, Spirograph West Coast IPA and Pearlescent Hazy. Plus, try your hand at creating a spirograph and dance the night away with a silent disco.
Tomorrow's Verse Taproom, 7 pm

SATURDAY, MAY 14

Pink! Rosé Festival Add to a List
Get your fill of blush-pink vino at this festival featuring the latest rosé releases from 16 Tualatin Valley wineries, plus wood-fired pizza, street tacos, music, and more.
Ron Tonkin Field, 1-4 pm

SUNDAY, MAY 15

7th Annual Hefe Day Add to a List
On May 15, 1986, brothers Kurt and Rob Widmer delivered the first keg of their crowd-pleasing Hefeweizen beer (affectionately called "hefe") to the Dublin Pub. Over 35 years later, Widmer Brothers Brewing is celebrating the anniversary of the milestone with a brewery tour, beer samples, and gifts, and the brothers themselves may even make a surprise appearance.
Widmer Brothers Brewing, 11 am-4 pm

Malpractice Pop-Up Add to a List
The cocktail pop-up Malpractice will sling refreshing libations like clarified punch, tropical white Negronis, aloe vera with green Chartreuse, and "fizzy fruit."
Bonne Chance, 6-9 pm

THURSDAY, MAY 19

Taste of Denmark: Kringle Tasting Add to a List
Chef Thor Erickson, a chef instructor at Cascade Culinary Institute in Bend, will school students on the art of making Danish kringle.
Nordic Northwest, 6:30-8:30 pm

Sebo Art Dinner Add to a List
Cooperativa will host this art-focused dinner with professional skateboarder and artist Sebo Walker. The meal includes an antipasti, salad, Roman-style pizza al taglio, pasta, and dessert and even comes with a piece of art created during the dinner.
Cooperativa, 6-7 pm

SPECIALS

5 & Dime Add to a List
The laidback neighborhood cocktail lounge recently introduced an irresistibly high-low cheeseburger puff pastry special.
Foster-Powell
Dine-in

Honey Mama's Add to a List
The local cocoa truffle bar producer has added a new "blonde truffle bar" flavor, Carrot Cake, to its Cake Series lineup, which also includes Chocolate Cake and Birthday Cake. The new flavor is made with walnuts, warm spices, raisins, and lemon oil.
Eliot
Available for online shipping and retail at various locations

Rogue Ales
In celebration of Friday the 13th today, Rogue Ales is offering the ghostly "Dead Guy" burger, served on a ghoulish black bun.
Various locations
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

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